Embattled, embittered and isolated, but MCP secretary general Chris Daza is taking on anybody, including president John Tembo, standing in the way of his ambition to lead the party in the 2014 tripartite elections.
In the latest salvo directed at the man he feels should leave the stage to others, Daza told journalists in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, on Saturday that Tembo should quit as party president.
He said it is wrong to change the party’s constitution, which bars Tembo from standing in 2014, just to accommodate the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president.
“Come April, 2013 convention, I will contest as a presidential candidate and should I win, I will work with all of the persons that hated me, those that tried to destroy my name and chased me away, including the current president.
“Honourable JZU [Tembo] has worked very hard for the party for quite some years. I appreciate. But I believe that there is time to give a chance to others,” he said.
While admitting he is in the dark on preparations for the convention, slated for April 27-29, Daza challenged that nobody will stop him from contesting and he will win.
“As secretary general, I am supposed to be the key person in all this. But I am in the dark. I do not know of any meeting of the National Executive Committee that arrived at such a date as announced. It takes the NEC to meet and develop a clear agenda of the convention.
“I am the SG, and I am legally empowered to run the party’s convention. Any attempt to stop me will mean there won’t be a convention all,” he said.
Daza said he has enough financial resources to support the convention and, if elected, he has a grand strategy that will help raise enough money for the entire campaign.
He did not specify the strategy.
Tembo could not be reached to respond to Daza’s assertions.